Jun 302011
 

Why your zip code is important.

This will be short and sweet. We have been receiving an increasing number of resumes without an address or just without a zip code. This cannot be a coincidence. Some web resume guru is telling people that if you don’t tell people where you are, you will be offered a wider variety of positions.

Some  web resume guru is smoking the good stuff. If people seeking a chef don’t find you in the right area, they will not call you. If you manage to fool them into thinking you are in their search area and they find out you are not and thus will require relocation or make them fly you out, you will annoy them, so they won’t hire you. That should be clear enough.

People like me, talent collectors, if you will, keep records of all of our current and our past candidates, in case something comes up that is cut precisely to their cloth. The variables we record for our searches include the candidates geographical locations.

While we could once also determine where a candidate is located by area codes, cell phones have made that nearly impossible.

If I search for a great chef in the greater Chicago area, I will enter three or four items into my preliminary data collection: The type of location of current employment (hotel, restaurant, space huttle, etc), the kind of cuisine my client requires, the person’s location and possibly the level of training. Five or six more searches refine this equation, but you don’t need to know this.

If my client doesn’t care if the candidate is local, I also include people who have a desire to live in the location of the job (which is why you need to state that in your cover letter…) This is the exception these days.  Stay tuned and I will explain it at a later date.

If your Chicago zip code is not available for my search, you will simply not be in the pile of people to be considered. I don’t really deal with coyness all that well. In fact, I will probably just delete your submission. I am not going to take the time to find you if you don’t, unless you are really spectacular, and none of my colleagues and clients are generally inclined to play hide and seek with you.

In truth,  your resume should show state, city and address, especially if you are sending the resume to a national corporation or a recruiter. You may wish to exclude the address for a blind Craigslist ad, and it is not a bad idea to leave it off if you are foolish enough to post your resume on line. (This can be explained later, too.)

If your Chicago zip code is not available for my search, you will simply not be in the pile of people to be considered. I don’t really deal with coyness all that well. In fact, I will probably just delete your submission. I am not going to take the time to find you if you don’t, unless you are really spectacular, and none of my colleagues and clients are generally inclined to play hide and seek with you.

You can figure out  how you want to handle this, but I think  you might wish to provide full contact information.